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The Luthier's Handbook

A Guide to Building Great Tone in Acoustic Stringed Instruments

By Roger H. Siminoff

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The Luthier's Handbook (A Guide to Building Great Tone in Acoustic Stringed Instruments). Book. Softcover. 96 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.330538).

ISBN 0634014684. 8.5x11 inches.

An essential item for the instrument builder, The Luthier's Handbook explores the secrets and science behind making good-sounding acoustic stringed instruments. Renowned author Roger H. Siminoff brings to the table more than four decades of luthiery experience and shares the time-tested philosophies, tips and technology of the craft. As the ideal complement to other books on building instruments, this text describes the structural and acoustical attributes of air chambers; what to listen for when tap-tuning; selecting a good piece of wood; placement of the braces and tone bars and how to tune them; how to select the right strings; what to consider in bridge design concepts; and much more. Includes a free String Gauge Calculator for determining the right set of strings.